Prashar Lake is considered as one of the most delightful gifts of God to Himachal. Yes, it is a gift of God and also known as the deepest Lake on Earth because its depth is still a mystery. There are many hidden facts about this Lake which are still not explored yet.
Now the question arises what makes Prashar Lake a famous tourist spot?
The answer lies in its beauty itself. What makes it interesting and amazing is its tranquil surroundings which welcome travelers with a refreshing landscape. The Lake is environed completely by beautiful snow-capped mountains. Picturesque of the area is really praiseworthy. This is the prime reason why Prashar Lake Trek is considered one of the famous trek routes in Mandi region.
Prashar Lake is one of the most popular vantage points of Himachal. Prashar has its own charm, and it varies season to season of every year. Moreover, the weather here is unpredictable. Due to the dense forest area in the surrounding, rain and snow can be showered anytime here. Best time to visit Prashar Lake is during winters when due to heavy snowfall the lake freezes and the view become extremely alluring to watch.
The great saga of Prashar Lake
It is very significant in the history that the lake is named after sage Prashar rishi, the narrator of Vishnu Puran. But do you know who the creator of this beautiful Lake is?
Well, Prashar Lake is one of the most winsome creations of Bheem (one of the Pandava brothers). Mythology says that this lake was devised by Pandavas after the end of Indian epic Mahabharata. One day, when Sage Kamrunag along with Pandavas was heading towards the Himalayas for some reason, felt some tiredness in the midway of his journey. He wished to take a nap for some time. Pandavas quested around to find the best place to rest for their teacher. Ultimately, they found this cup-like valley surrounded by High-Himalayas. Diety Kamrunag fell in love with the isolation of this place and decided to spend the rest of his life here.
Now after that, an issue was raised. There was no source of water nearby, so Kamrunag requested Bheem to dig a deep pit in form of a well so that he can use underground water for his survival. On his request, Bheem formed a lake by pushing his elbow and forearm on the peak of the mountain. Hence, an oval-shaped lake was formed with an unknown depth. In resonance with the same story, this entire valley is now known as Kamru Valley. This was all about the history of Prashar Lake now we’ll be discussing the history of Prashar Temple.
The Prashar Temple
The Pagoda-like wooden temple adjacent to Prashar Lake is dedicated to Parashar Rishi, who used to meditate on the banks of this lake. It is believed that it was marked and constructed by a baby in the 13th century and that too just by using a single tree.
Later on, the heritage was reconstructed and administered by Raja Ban Sen of Mandi. Now it is a three-storied temple, capped with a roof of slate tiles and wood carvings. The overall view of the lake and the temple from the top is totally mesmerizing. The picturesque view of mighty Dhauladhars in the surrounding of Prashar Lake acts as an icing on the cake.
Trivia of Prashar Lake
The lake is located at a height of 2730 m above sea level. Unlike all the normal lakes, this lake has a greeny touch due to the reflection of the grassy hills surrounding it.
Locals believe that the lake is bottomless and imbued with a divine power. Indeed, it is totally unclear how deep the lake is as many divers tried but failed to determine its actual depth. The most intriguing thing about this lake is that it is a floating island that moves about with the wind.
Another most amazing fact about Prashar Lake is that the pujari or the priest of the Prashar Temple is not a Brahmin but a Rajput. People nearby Prashar say that one of the Kings of Mandi was unhappy with the local priest so he appointed a Rajput priest to display his powers.
Every year, the lake is visited by more than 1.5 million tourists from all over the world, all because of its beauty. If you haven’t seen it yet, plan a trip right now!